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"The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me, by newspapers and the Bible."

—Van Wyck Brooks (1886-1963) American critic, historian

 

World News From BBC

Students vow to step up HK protests  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:32:43 GMT
Student demonstrators in Hong Kong vow to step up pro-democracy protests and occupy government buildings if leader CY Leung does not quit. 
US Secret Service director resigns  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:57:32 GMT
The head of the US Secret Service, tasked with guarding US President Barack Obama, resigns following recent high-profile security lapses. 
Texas children 'monitored for Ebola'  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:24:02 GMT
Children have come into contact with the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola on US soil and are being monitored, the Texas governor says. 
Iraq PM opposes Arab strikes in Iraq  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:02:03 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tells the BBC he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes against Islamic State in his country. 
Kissinger 'considered Cuba strikes'  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:49:31 GMT
US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wanted to "smash Cuba" by air strikes nearly 40 years ago, newly disclosed government documents show. 
Deadly attack on Donetsk school  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:20:41 GMT
A shell blast kills four people at a school in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk on the first day of classes, delayed because of the conflict. 
New Afghan leader reopens bank case  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:48:59 GMT
Afghanistan's new President, Ashraf Ghani, says he is resuming the investigation into a banking fraud, said to be one of the largest in the world. 
Karadzic takes blame for Serb crimes  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:21:12 GMT
Radovan Karadzic sums up his defence, saying he takes "moral responsibility" for crimes committed by Bosnian Serbs but denying he ordered killings. 
Iran filmmakers back nuclear deal  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:01:14 GMT
Six prominent Iranian filmmakers launch a campaign urging world powers to agree a permanent solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme. 
Congo ex-fighters 'starve in camp'  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:04:34 GMT
More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their relatives die from hunger and disease in an army camp in DR Congo, according to a rights group. 
Airlines told to replace cockpit kit  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:49:37 GMT
The US air safety regulator has ordered airlines to replace cockpit displays in more than 1,300 planes because of fears that wi-fi signals can make them go blank. 
BBC World News wins two Emmy Awards  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:20:56 GMT
BBC World News America wins two News and Documentary Emmys for its coverage of the conflicts in Syria and the Central African Republic (CAR). 
VIDEO: Explosions as coalition strikes IS  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:20:57 GMT
The Syrian town of Kobane is still under siege, two weeks after Islamic State fighters began their assault. 
VIDEO: Hunt for US Ebola victim contacts  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:55:25 GMT
The United States has confirmed the first case of a patient developing the Ebola virus on US soil. 
VIDEO: Zookeeper rears leopard in bathroom  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:20:39 GMT
A rare clouded leopard has been hand-reared in the bathroom of a zookeeper after she was rejected by her mother.